How Thinking For Yourself Can Help your Fat Loss

Dogma is living with the results of someone else’s thinking, and letting their thinking inform your current behaviours.

We all live amongst our own dogmatic thinking. And there’s not a lot we can do about it, other than having people in your life that are prepared to challenge you on your thinking frameworks.

Lauren is one of my clients. She came to me with back and digestive problems. We fixed the back real quick. The digestion and consequent inflammation was a lot tougher.

Lauren is a young lady. And obviously, she lets her thinking be informed by other young ladies. There’s nothing wrong with that and we all do it.

The thing is, it’s important we also measure the processes we borrow from others who influence us, to see if what they do, is going to work for us too.

Together, Lauren and I decided to remove all vegetables from Lauren’s diet for a time. This seems counter intuitive and risky unless you properly examine our process.

It’s likely, that during the last ice age, what was left of humanity all huddled against the coastline in southern africa, surviving of essentially zero vegetables (supposedly other than Quora — whatever that is) and only seafood and animals for more than 1000 years.

Lauren and I talked about removing vegetables for a couple of weeks and then slowly reintroducing certain types. I often find thinking using Darwinian principles helps to inform your decisions from a first principles basis rather than a “marketing has influenced me” position.

Most of all, it’s important to be contrarian. And the most contrarian thing to do, is to think for yourself. So Lauren removed vegetables from her diet, which we hypothesised to be at cause of her weight gain due to digesting them poorly, and here’s what we found.

Week 1 : 400 grams fat gain (muscle loss also)

Week 2 : 1.2 kilos fat gain (muscle loss)

Week 3 : 300 grams fat gain (muscle loss)

Change in diet — removed vegetables and just ate lean proteins and a mix of omega 3 and 6 fats.

Week 4 (in fact only 5 days later : 2.4 kilo fat loss (and muscle gain).

It’s not important why taking vegetables out of Lauren’s diet caused her body to start to sort itself out again. It doesn’t really matter. What matters is Lauren was prepared to overcome nutritional dogma, and try something that people around her weren’t doing, in order to get a different result.

I’m not saying to take vegetables out of your diet. In fact, generally thats probably a pretty silly idea. What I am saying, is being cool with doing the opposite, sometimes, as long as there is some reasoning and logic behind it, can often be the thing that you need to get what almost everyone doesn’t get: a good result.